Thursday, April 16, 2009

Celebrate Jesus...Jesus is God (part 1)

We are currently in the middle of a message series here at Grace Church that we are calling Celebrate Jesus Decade by Decade. We started on Palm Sunday with a 1960’s feel to the morning service as we saw that Jesus died for our sins. On Easter we revisited the 1970’s as we focused on the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. This Sunday will be the decade of my High School and College years…the 1980’s! And this Sunday we will study the fact that Jesus is God.

Who is Jesus? Some say He was just a man. Some say He was a teacher. Others say He was some type of prophet or spiritual guru. But none of these do Jesus justice. In simple terms, Jesus is God. How do we know?

Jesus claimed to be God!

John 5:17-18 – “But He answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.’ For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He was not only breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Him equal with God.”

John 8:58-59 – “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I Am.’ Therefore, they picked up stones to throw at Him

John 10:30-31 – “’I and the Father are One.’ The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him.”

There is no doubting that Jesus made the claim to be God. That means that just one of three options can be true.

Jesus’ claim to be God was false and He knew it, making Him a LIAR!

Jesus’ claim to be God was false and He did not know it, making Him a LUNATIC!

Jesus’ claim to be God was true, making Him exactly who He claimed to be…the LORD!

Not only did Jesus claim to be God, He is called God!

John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

John 20:28 – “Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and My God!’”

Titus 2:13 – “Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

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